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CRP Reading ( C Reactive Protein)

(18 Posts)
VLCos Fri 06-Jan-17 18:16:55

Hello !
Does anyone have any experience with CRP readings. I have had a pain in the ribs/ underarm for 7 weeks. During this time I have had several scans and tests . All come back fine apart from a CRP reading of 12.
GP says 10 is normal and 20 is when they get concerned. So could be anything like an infection somewhere . Pain not shifting . He insists it's a 'strain'.
The only thing I have changed is I have been following a low carb, low calorie diet since Oct. Was wondering if that would effect CRP . Any input would be welcome xx

Badders123 Fri 06-Jan-17 18:44:48

Have they checked for gallstones?

VLCos Fri 06-Jan-17 19:53:01

Hello ! Would that show on a blood test or Chest X-ray ? They came back clear. I didn't wonder about that but my symptoms don't match up x

Badders123 Fri 06-Jan-17 19:56:58

Rib pain is classic gallstones
Right side?
Need an ultrasound to diagnose
It could mean raised crp in bloods though

Friendinneed2016 Fri 06-Jan-17 19:57:47

Raised CRP basically means there's an infection somewhere in your body. Were you unwell at the time? A virus can raise CRP to that level quite easily.

VLCos Fri 06-Jan-17 20:18:24

Right side yes. I've not been unwell but since November I've had this pain in underarm , shoulder blade, across chest . I so far I have had a mammogram and ultrasound of breast, a chest x-ray and full bloods , D dimer, liver function and CRP . The only thing they have found is the CRP slightly raised. Because it's not concerning them they are putting it down to a strain. Which is OK but I am still a little concerned x

Badders123 Fri 06-Jan-17 20:20:14

I'd request an ultrasound

Largemelons Fri 06-Jan-17 20:20:55

I work in biochemistry. CRP just means you have some inflammation somewhere in your body. A level of 12 isn't especially concerning, can just be a minor infection somewhere, lots of people will have that without even realising.

VLCos Fri 06-Jan-17 20:23:53

Thank you my doctor seemed to think that to. I'll give it a week or so if still in pain . I'll go back and ask for an ultrasound x

Wolpertinger Fri 06-Jan-17 20:43:53

CRP just means 'something's going on somewhere'. A level of 12 would usually be ignored as being so near normal to be meaningless.

VLCos Fri 06-Jan-17 20:53:05

Thank you !

IamNotDarling Fri 06-Jan-17 20:56:25

Largemelons what's the highest CRP reading you've come across?

2old2beamum Fri 06-Jan-17 21:04:58

My ds CRP was over 500, however he was very poorly with septicaemia but he did survive but there was a degree of panic to pu it mildly.

aaahhhBump Fri 06-Jan-17 21:08:04

CRP measures inflation but doesn't tell you where it is.

fireandicecubes Fri 06-Jan-17 21:11:33

Mine was nearly 300 during my worst Crohns flare, it was about about 10 last time I had my bloods checked but I was just getting over a cold so my IBD nuts wasn't worried.

fireandicecubes Fri 06-Jan-17 21:12:18

Sorry that should say nurse although he is nuts sometimes grin

gobbin Sat 07-Jan-17 18:05:06

Yeah mine went up to 240 just before an emergency ileostomy (got Crohns). Last tested it was 2.

A reading of 12 is very slightly higher than normal upper range (10).

VLCos Sat 07-Jan-17 18:52:29

Thanks everyone first time I had heard of it so was worried it could mean more especially with unexplained pain . I'll see how I go x

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